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Adivasis leaving their homeland in waves - Stan Swamy

Adivasis leaving their homeland in waves - searching for a way out of economic poverty and social insecurity -
Stan Swamy

During the recent years three types of migration waves are taking place in the Adivasi dominant states of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Bengal.

New India Fellowship (30 September 2016)

The core activity of the New India Foundation are the New India Fellowships, awarded to scholars and writers working on different aspects of the history of independent India. From a large pool of several hundred applications, about twelve proposals are short-listed, with these candidates appearing before a jury. Each round, between three and six fellowships are awarded. The duration of the fellowships is twelve months. Fellows are paid Rs. 100,000 a month.

PI-ICRC Awards 2016

The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi, are together organising a competition for the best three articles on a humanitarian subject.

This year too, we have extended the competition to the area of photography, and prizes are being offered for the best three photographs as well.

The article or photograph should have been published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or magazine between April 2015 and March 2016 and can be in English or in any Indian language.

7 Important Resources for Internet Safety

It’s no secret that our society relies on the Internet now more than ever before. And while it has many wonderful benefits, it also poses some dangers. For example, nearly half of all US adults had their personal information hacked in 2014, with data like credit card numbers, home addresses, and even photos ending up in the hands of criminals.

Kanthari - Scholarship for social change

Do you carry a plan for social change?

kanthari is an International Institute in Kerala, South India that provides a 7 month leadership training course for social visionaries who come from the margins of society.

Participants are equipped with necessary skills to start their own projects through a tailor-made, hands-on Curriculum. Over the past 7 years 141 participants from 37 countries were trained. This already resulted in many projects reaching thousands of beneficiaries.

Rohit Vemula Suicide: Fact Finding Team Report

Prima Facie report of the Fact Finding Team of The Independent People's Tribunal on Human Rights and the Environment, 26 January 2016

Press release
The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice had requested the Indian Peoples Tribunal to send a fact finding team to investigate into the death of Rohith Vemula on 17th January 2016 on the Campus of the University of Hyderabad.

Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund

The Small Grants Fund seeks to promote uptake of Global Forest Watch by civil society organizations to use in their research, advocacy, and fieldwork. The fund provides grants between US$10,000 and US$40,000 and technical support to civil society organizations for project implementation.

winsight 17: Purposive networking

Purposive Networking

The ten commandments—the ten ‘C’s—of networking are: common values, core competence, critical mass, complementarities, creativity, cost, control, credit, change and complexities. Forming a critical mass is an important part of networking.

Tools to monitor the Implementation of the SCs&STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989

The implementation of the SCs and STs (PoA) Act 1989 and Rules 1995 can be tracked systematically by the precise provisions of the Act and Rules.

Given below are the entire set of documents that go from the Act to the Rules and then the tools to monitor this Act. They will tell you all you need to know in a practical, step by step guide.

Use the set along with the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI).

Download the whole set and use!

Vocabulary of Commons

The ‘Vocabulary of commons’ is a socio-linguistic enquiry into the legal and livelihood consequences of the term ‘commons’ – a search for a vocabulary that reflects a commons approach to a life with dignity in harmony with Gaia and communitarian aspirations. It is to strengthen community articulation and make their voices heard in the ongoing efforts of dialogue between communities, academics, practitioners and decision makers. The book is co-authored by over 30 practitioners, intellectuals and researchers.

UID. UIDAI, AADHAAR: The promise, the premise and performance—a reality check

**If you are looking for a compilation of different articles on UIDAI go to
http://aadhaar-articles.blogspot.com.au/
http://aadhararticles.blogspot.com (AND)
http://www.delicious.com/golisoda/uid**
Periodic updates at http://openspace.org.in/UIDaadhaarsecurity2012

for a humourous take
http://thefishpond.in/edwin/2010/uid-scrapped-nascum-calls-for-bharath-bandh/#more-1041 (AND)
http://openspace.org.in/UIDAadhaartoptenreasons

** A good short guide http://www.scribd.com/doc/64484088/UID-for-Dummies
**their response http://epw.in/epw/uploads/articles/15120.pdf **

Aadhaar, meaning ‘foundation’ or ‘base’ (ironically al-Qa'ida!) is India’s attempt to provide an Unique Identity (UID) number to every person residing in india (and presumably every Indian citizen whether living in India or not).

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Republic Day (26th January)

On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value.

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